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Washed Ashore, Art to Save the Sea

Sep 24, 2016 - Jan 16, 2017

Features 15 giant sculptures of sea life made almost entirely from trash collected from beaches. Developed by the non-profit group The Washed Ashore Project, the exhibit is meant to create awareness about marine debris and plastic pollution though art. The exhibit will be open for the public to enjoy daily, weather pending and will be free with regular admission.


This is the second traveling exhibit of its kind to come to Denver Zoo, and the first time it will be hosted by an inland, noncoastal location. The detailed and colorful sculptures all represent species that are directly impacted by marine debris, such as a sea turtle or a penguin. Each sculpture was created using hundreds of individual pieces. Sometimes those pieces are easily identifiable, like the flip flops that cover a sea lion pup's face. Other times, they require closer looks and guests will be allowed to touch the sculptures.